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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-3-19

    I had intended to get the rudder members cut and glued up this weekend but decided to change my schedule a bit due to paying a $300 electric bill and mother nature just dumping 2" of snow on us in the past hour.
    Keeping the shop warm enough to work in and then keeping the tent warm for the parts to cure in over a few days is driving my electric bill up more than I want.
    I had decided to just do some research and take it easy this weekend but then noticed that cdlwingnut had made some progress on his project...... so I braved the cold for a little bit.
    I told you that he inspires me.......lol.

    Today's progress......

    Rudder members are cut and will be glued later this week when the weather warms up....
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    Kevin

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-3-19

    So I received a message asking about one of the tools that I have and what I use it for.........
    This is just an old "pick" that I've had for longer than I can remember.
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    The reason I use the "pick" is to mark my cuts.
    I've seen people use various methods of marking the wood to cut but this is how I do it.
    I place my part in position and then run my "pick" under the part.
    It leaves a score line that shows my cut line.
    If the line is hard to see...I just run my pencil down the line to darken it.
    Now my part is marked..........
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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-9-19

    I wanted to get out in the shop today so I could get the rudder members glued up but,once again,Mother Nature has other ideas.
    We are experiencing storms with high winds,driving rain and lightning strikes hitting the woods on my property multiple times.
    So I'm going to stay out of my big metal box that I call a shop until the storms pass through tonight.
    Tomorrows weather forecast is suppose to be nice.....hopefully it works out that way.

    Since I'm staying out of the shop today...I decided to do some research on paint schemes and paint techniques using latex.
    I'm going to post a link that will give you some good pointers on how to paint your plane with latex and get great results.
    The interview is about an hour and a half long but it is worth spending the time on.
    If I'm not mistaking,this is the same Malcom that has the website : weinerdogaero.com
    If this is the same gentleman,I've corresponded with him via email several times and he is very helpful and is very willing to share information.
    Grab a snack,something to drink and prepare to be entertained and educated.....

    https://video.eaa.org/detail/video/2...built-aircraft

    Kevin

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-10-19

    It's been an extremely busy weekend,more on that in the next post,but I've made a bit of progress none-the-less.
    I got the rudder members glued up and they are setting in the tent with the heater curing.
    I will pull the heater out on Tuesday and then mark the rudder for the elevator cut out.
    Not sure if I will cut the cut out before I put the ply on or wait until after.....probably after.

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-10-19

    I realize this is an "airplane" Forum but I feel that other topics can be discussed as well,provided they relate to the topic of this Forum in a round about way.
    I'm going to make this post in hopes that it helps others stay motivated to progress with their own build.
    I believe that the Project Log can be a great tool to help encourage others to push on with their own project, but on the flip side of the coin,it can also demoralize builders and push them towards giving up.
    And here's why..........
    If someone is struggling with their build,for one reason or another,watching others make progress and only reading the builders "good stuff" entries can put them in the frame of mind that they should quit their project because they aren't as skilled,financially stable,quick or appropriately located.
    So I'm going to post the "bad stuff" entries in my Project Log to show that we all have issues to deal with in life and not to get discouraged,deal with it and get back to building your dream.
    So here's the bad stuff.......
    Tuesday morning,on the way to work,I got ran off the road and went through a barbed wire fence and into a field.
    Tore my Lincoln LS up pretty good...but at least I didn't hit the jackass that drifted into my lane head on.
    I have spent the week and weekend in the snow,rain,cold and travelling pulling parts off other cars so I can put my car back together.
    The point is.......WELCOME TO LIFE,now deal with it and move on with building your project.
    With everything that I've had going on in my life this week,I still found time to work on the plane for a little bit...not as much as I wanted,but still time well spent.
    So,for everyone that gets a bit "down" at times,realize that even if they don't post it,everyone on this Forum has issues to deal with in life....nobody on here lives a "charmed" life.
    So let's get to building........

    Kevin

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-10-19

    I was reading a post in the "Wood Constuction" section of the Forum pertaining to steaming wood and thought I would comment on the topic.
    While the approaches that others have taken will most certainly work,I tend to keep things simple.
    No boxes have been built,no heating elements have been wired up,no thermostats have been incorporated into the system.....etc.
    I simply use a section of PVC pipe with one end permanently capped and the other end cap left removable.
    I have a big pot that I boil water with in my kitcken.
    Boil water,pour into PVC pipe,load wood,cap end and then wait......
    The heat has bent the tubing from leaning it against the shop wall but it is simple,effective and I only have about $8 in the whole sophisticated set up....

    Kevin

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-13-19

    I haven't been able to get out in the shop this week due to work,weather and just being busy with life in general.
    However,while not Stork related,I've still made some progress pertaining to aviation.
    My Tomahawk is going in for its Annual in a few weeks so I'm trying to get a few things done before we start going over it with a fine toothed comb to appease the FAA.

    First item was to renew the registration.....that's done now and the FAA is $5 richer.

    Second item was to think about putting new stripes on her.... I got online and sent an email to Letters Unlimited requesting color samples.
    I listed each color # that I wanted and sent the email Saturday night.
    Monday I received an email stating that the samples had been sent.
    Wednesday afternoon I received a letter from them containing ever color sample that I had requested plus a sample piece showing the quality of their product.
    I have to say,I'm impressed with this company so far and I hope their great customer service continues when I place my stripes order.
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    Third item that I addressed was shooting some paint on one of the fairings Tuesday night.
    I still need to get down to the airport and fit one of the fairings to the plane so I can get the bolt holes drilled and then shoot some paint on it.
    One down and one to go....
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    Fourth item was to buy a can of Wing Walk Compound...
    I got lucky and found a can of it in the shop at the airport.

    I should be back working on the Stork this weekend....just thought I would post that I'm still getting some aviation stuff done in the meantime.....

    Kevin
    Last edited by MadProfessor8138; March 13th, 2019 at 06:50 PM.

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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-17-19

    I had intended to work on the Stork this weekend but I'm getting pressed for time getting the Tomahawk ready for its Annual and I have to take advantage of the somewhat decent weather.
    So unfortunately,I had to use the day painting parts for the Tomahawk.
    I still consider it Aviation progress though.......

    Fuel caps have been sanded,primed and painted....
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    Lower rudder fairing has been sanded,primed and painted...
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    Steps have been sanded,primed and painted....just need to apply new wing walk compound when the paint cures.
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    I promise to be back on the Stork within a few days and posting my progress.
    There just never seems to be enough hours in the day or decent weather days to get everything done so I have to prioritize.

    Kevin
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    Re: RW19 Ragwing Stork.....

    3-17-19

    So,fast forward a few hours.....
    My kiddo had asked me a long time ago how do you build an airplane.
    I explained all of the steps to him....picking a design,getting plans,sourcing the materials,having a work space with tools,building the parts and then finally assembling the individual parts to make a complete aircraft.
    Well,my son just put me in my place and I couldn't be more proud of him.
    I was tired from painting the Tomahawk parts and I was calling it a day so I shut everything down and heading into the house.
    My kiddo asked me if I worked on the Stork today and I told him no that I was done for the day.
    He reminded me that you can't have a complete aircraft without making all of the parts first.
    So he went out and started working on the rudder by himself.

    Here he is pulling the staples.....
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    He's cutting the excess off the bottom of the rudder....
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    The rudder is bigger than he is.....lol
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    He pointed out that there were a few little voids in the rudder lamination so he decided to fix it.
    We decided to take the rudder inside since it was getting a little chilly out.
    He's fixing the voids....
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    I guess we're back to building a Stork...lol

    Kevin

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